Graves on Dept. of Interior's Oil & Gas Proposal: "This plan is different."
Baton Rouge, LA - Congressman Garret Graves (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of the Interior released its five-year Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing:
“Let’s be clear – preventing energy production in the United States makes us reliant upon foreign energy sources, sends hundreds of billions of American dollars overseas and exports jobs to other countries. This energy plan is different. It starts to reverse our reliance upon foreign energy and aims to maximize our domestic resources, including in the Gulf of Mexico. Our energy workforce and families have suffered through a historic offshore energy slump that was compounded by previous federal policies – this plan will create jobs, not kill them.
The United States has one of the safest, most environmentally-sensitive conventional energy production programs in the world – and nobody does it better than Louisiana. Eliminating barriers to domestic energy production as envisioned in this plan is a step in the right direction.”